A FOOT injury has forced North Queensland Cowboys co-captain Matthew Scott out of the Monday Night Football clash with the Canberra Raiders and handed Ricky Thorby his NRL debut for North Queensland.
The reigning Dally M Prop of the Year tore a ligament in the top of his foot late in the first half of Saturday night's loss to Cronulla at Dairy Farmers Stadium and is expected to miss two or three matches for the Cowboys. However, he should be available for selection in the Australian team to face New Zealand at Eden Park in Auckland on Friday, April 20.
"I'm aiming to be back for the Roosters game in Darwin in round seven," Scott said yesterday.
"But I'm told it can be a tricky type of injury to recover from so nothing is certain at this stage."
With Scott absent, Ashton Sims will start in the Cowboys' front-row at Canberra Stadium with Thorby to come off the interchange bench.
The former St George Illawarra Dragon joined North Queensland prior to the 2011 season but was unable to add to his tally of 21 NRL matches last year.
He was set to make his debut in round six against Canberra, but frustratingly was forced to withdraw after suffering a groin injury in pre-match training.